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Not all Vampires Sparkle

Energy vampires do not attack only at night.  They continue to suck the electrical juice from a home 24 hours per day seven days per week.  Any device that continues using power when in a sleep or standby mode can be considered an energy vampire.  As long as their fangs are attached to a power outlet, they continue to consume electricity.

Most energy vampires include small electronic devices, such as DVD and DVR players, printers and laptop adapters, items that are left plugged in and often go unused for days, weeks or even months.  In many cases as much as 20% of the power used in one’s home is wasted by devices powered up but in the standby mode.  Cell phone chargers are some of the sneakiest.  If plugged into a wall, regardless of whether the phone is attached, these chargers continue drawing a small amount of power.

In addition to their beady red LED eyes, it is possible to identify one’s energy vampires by the method in which they plug into the outlet.  Wall warts are usually small square transformers that plug directly into the wall outlet.  Normally they convert the AC power from the outlet to a 9- or 12-volt DC power for devices including cordless phones, answering machines and battery chargers.  Bricks use a standard plug and AC cord that attached to the heavier duty brick shaped transformer in the middle of the line.  These are the chargers often found on laptop adapters.  Consider the following ways to fight against their slow drain of your electricity.

Computers and printers should be completely powered down instead of being put into a sleep or standby mode.

The power cord is the main vein through which energy vampires suck energy.  Unplug the device from the wall and it cannot consume any more energy until plugged back into a receptacle.

Use power strips with an on/off switch when plugging energy vampires into the electrical outlet.  A single flip of the switch can block their access to the grid, reducing one’s overall power consumption.

Do you have questions what might be sucking the energy out of your home? The comfort specialists at Hobaica Services are ready to help.  Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hobaicaservices for regular updates, consumer information and general fun stuff for every Home Owner.

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Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
01:27 07 May 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Lynne Paxton
Lynne Paxton
00:00 07 May 21
Ryan Waters did a maintenance check on my AC and repaired a valve on my Mastercool evap. He is always pleasant to work with and did a good job. Thanks Ryan.
Steve Sachs
Steve Sachs
18:33 06 May 21
Travis was amazing! Very knowledgeable and thorough. He completed a service of my A/C unit and a warranty replacement of a failing capacitor. I highly recommend Hobaica for any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work you need done. I have used them for years and they continue to impress.
Tatia Key
Tatia Key
00:56 06 May 21
Hobaica has been a real pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace their A/C. Andy made the selecting, purchasing and scheduling process extremely easy, explaining all our options and answering all our questions very clearly. Jorge performed the installation, and he was courteous, competent, efficient, professional, friendly, and helpful, a delight to have him working on/in my home.I am happy that Hobaica reached out to us for our 2-year inspection. A big thanks to Scott for making sure our unit is operating properly and efficiently.
Ellen Carter
Ellen Carter
23:58 05 May 21
5/5/21Ryan came today to service our air conditioning system and to flush our water heater. He is always courteous and professional. Our air-conditioner and water heater were in good condition.Thank you very much for GREAT SERVICE!
john ngo
john ngo
23:55 05 May 21
Danny Unglaub is a true professional. He came to my house on time and checked all parts of my air conditioning unit. He is very thorough. We will ask for him on our next appointment.
Joan Salvatierra
Joan Salvatierra
21:24 05 May 21
Mike serviced our a/c today. He was punctual, polite, pleasant and efficient. He was knowledgeable in explaining issues and answering my questions. He went out of his way to be helpful,
Hope Dymek
Hope Dymek
18:49 05 May 21
Scott was punctual, polite and professional. A thorough inspection of our HVAC systems was completed as well as installation of new capacitors. Hobaica was quick to schedule our maintenance request, and Scott was knowledgeable and efficient. Great value and great service!
anne feuerborn
anne feuerborn
23:56 04 May 21
Ryan was awesome. He was a trustworthy and diligent worker. My new water heater looks terrific!

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